Reporter arrested by security agent during #EndSARS protest found dead

Mr. Pelumi Onifade, a reporter with Gboah TV, who was allegedly arrested by officers attached to the Lagos State task force, is said to have been found dead.

Omifade, said to be a 200-level student of the department of history, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State, was an intern with GboahTV, an online television.

He was reportedly taken away by the task force on October 24, while covering an attack by a mob at a government facility in Oko Oba area of Lagos.

He was said to have been dragged away despite wearing a jacket showing he was working as a reporter.

GboahTV, in a statement on Tuesday, said the family and the broadcast station tried for days to locate him before his corpse was discovered at a mortuary in Ikorodu.

The news of his death has sparked widespread condemnation with many calling on the police to ensure justice for Onifade, while the hashtag #JusticeforPelumi is also trending on social media.

“It has been confirmed that the Gboah TV staff ‘Onifade Pelumi’, arrested by the Lagos State Task Force at the Ministry of Agriculture, Abattoir, Agege is dead,” the statement read.

“The Police are currently investigating the matter and have assured the management, the family and community that the investigation will be thorough and swift.

“Onifade Pelumi died while covering the scenes at the site of the palliative storage centre. He will be deeply missed!

“Further details will be released upon completion of the Investigation by Police Force.”

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